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It seems the old age has finally caught up with my 12 year old dog Elvis.
We had a terrible night yesterday when he started to have a violent seizure out of the blue. This has never happened before, Elvis has never had any major health issues apart from a few skin rashes that he is prone to have.
While we were calling the vet he had a second seizure and we really thought we were going to lose him... I won't go into details, it was so bad.
Since the vet clinic was closed we called our vet's number and he came rushing in as this was an emergency. We then brought Elvis to the clinic where he was thoroughly checked and had his blood work done.
The results from the blood test were all normal and good and Elvis's heart is also in good shape according to his age.

Now there are two possibilities, either he has somehow developed epilepsy, or he may have a brain tumour that is causing the seizures...
The vet is leaning for the latter. :(

Today Elvis has been okay, he is taking half a pill every 12 hours and we have an SOS medicine to give to him in case he has another seizure.
We are watching over him very closely and dreading another bad spell.

Tomorrow he will have his head scanned and we will know. I'm praying he doesn't have the tumour. With epilepsy, he can still have quality of life and the condition can be controlled with pills.
If it is a tumour, I don't think much can be done and if the seizures do persist and my boy is suffering, then we will let him go with dignity, say our goodbyes and put him to sleep.

I took these pictures today, he still has a bit of the puppy look on his face, it's like he has never aged and he still has the energy and enthusiasm of a younger dog. Today he is acting like his normal self.

DSCF2130 by aluz391, on Flickr

I took this one right before taking him out for his walk. He was sleepy from his nap.
DSCF2124 by aluz391, on Flickr

Wish my boy Elvis good luck for tomorrow, we are really going to need it. :pray:
 

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My very best thoughts and prayers for you and Elvis. He is so adorable. I hope that whatever it is, it can be treated and that you have many more years to share. Elvis is much too cute to be sick.
 

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Ana,

I'm sending much love and many prayers for your little Elvis. :hug:
We'll be anxious for an update after you see the vet with him tomorrow.

Autumn had a seizure back in October (first time ever) so I know how very scary it is. She has not had any since and I pray that it will be the same for Elvis.
 

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Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes. I will let you know how the vet appointment goes. Depending on the outcome, I may need to take him to the capital city for more medical exams, since I live in a rural area that doesn't have all the resources like a big city has.

I just gave Elvis his pill and hopefully tonight we will have a good night, it's already 8:18 pm here.
 
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I can't imagine how scary that situation must be, and my heart goes out to you and Elvis. I will say a prayer for him tonight and hope that his scan tomorrow shows favorable results.
I knew a puppy who had random seizures suddenly and all of the scans and blood work came back normal. They medicated when necessary and now Cazán lives a normal life (well, as normal as a 50kg Alaskan Malamute puppy can live! :laugh:)
Please let us know how Elvis does tomorrow!
 
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Oh i'm so sorry to hear about this! he is an adorable 'cocker spaniel'? Spaniels are lovely dogs, I had a black and white one - a doppy little dog he was - He also got sick so I understand how your feeling - All the best! :hug:
 

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Ana, I am so sorry to hear about Elvis and his health troubles :( I am sending my best wishes and hoping that is's nothing serious! Thinking of you and your beautiful puppy :hug:
 

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Oh i'm so sorry to hear about this! he is an adorable 'cocker spaniel'? Spaniels are lovely dogs, I had a black and white one - a doppy little dog he was - He also got sick so I understand how your feeling - All the best! :hug:
Thanks, Bethany. Yes, Elvis is an English cocker spaniel.

I can't imagine how scary that situation must be, and my heart goes out to you and Elvis. I will say a prayer for him tonight and hope that his scan tomorrow shows favorable results.
I knew a puppy who had random seizures suddenly and all of the scans and blood work came back normal. They medicated when necessary and now Cazán lives a normal life (well, as normal as a 50kg Alaskan Malamute puppy can live! :laugh:)
Please let us know how Elvis does tomorrow!
Thanks, Bethany. We will see how it goes tomorrow.
The reasons for the vet's assumption on the tumour is that according to him these types of seizure usually occur sooner on elderly dogs when they reach about 7 - 8 years old. Elvis is already 12, so the vet thinks the chances are higher of it being a tumour and not epilepsy.
 
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Ana, I am so sorry to hear about Elvis and his health troubles :( I am sending my best wishes and hoping that is's nothing serious! Thinking of you and your beautiful puppy :hug:
Thanks, Dee. Elvis has been extra pampered today. Yesterday after his seizures he didn't want to be left alone and I stayed by his side almost the entire night.
He was restless for a good while and I couldn't help to shed a few tears when I saw him going to all of the bird's cages and give a little sniff on each cage as if he was saying goodbye.
He only greets the birds that way in the mornings and it was strange for him to be doing so at night when the cages were covered and the flock was sleeping.
Good thing they didn't have a night fright.
 

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Ana, I'm so sorry that Elvis is unwell. He will be in our prayers and we will be anxiously hoping for epilepsy.

Never thought I would ever say that.

Positive thoughts being sent your way, and of course prayers will be sent to Elvis. He sure is a beautiful dog, Ana.
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Thanks, Dee. Elvis has been extra pampered today. Yesterday after his seizures he didn't want to be left alone and I stayed by his side almost the entire night.
He was restless for a good while and I couldn't help to shed a few tears when I saw him going to all of the bird's cages and give a little sniff on each cage as if he was saying goodbye.
He only greets the birds that way in the mornings and it was strange for him to be doing so at night when the cages were covered and the flock was sleeping.
Good thing they didn't have a night fright.
We have to stay positive, Ana :hug: Elvis is not saying good bye, he will be ok!
 

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I know how you feel I had 2 saint bernards that had seizures as puppies first one we put down and the second one died in my arms the day before the vet visit to put him down. Poor little elvis is such a good looking boy. I hope the vet will find a way to help him.
 

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You and Elvis certainly have my prayer's Ana...:hug:
 
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Oh Ana I am so sorry that Elvis had these seizures.. I am really hoping and praying that he is not going to have these seizures again and generally, health issues. He is such a good friend to you. Please update us, ok?
 
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Oh you poor thing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Elvis. Whatever the outcome I have no doubt that Elvis is a happy dog and would not like to see you suffer. He knows you love him and will be by his side no matter what. I hope you receive some positive news on his condition.
 

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Ana, Elvis is a so lovely he has been blessed as so have you to have each other to care and love.
I do know what you are going through, it is extremely hard and stressful ,try to stay positive as Elvis will pick up on this.
Sending white ,positive energy and all my love to you both.:budgie:
 
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